EIP (Poland)

EIP trains are Poland’s fastest trains - they travel up to 200 km/h on the higher speed line south of Warsaw.
They also tilt when going round bends in the track (they are part of the Pendolino family of trains), so are faster than other trains on conventional railway lines.


EIP trains provide, some but not all of the express trains services betweem Warszawa and 
(i) Gdasnk and Gydnia
(ii) Katowice
(iii) Krakow
(iv) Wroclaw

Some trains to/from Gydnia via Gdansk travel through Warszawa, providing direct services between those two cities and Katowice, Krakow and Wroclaw.

Note that because of this, when travelling by these trains to Warszawa, the name of the Polish capital may not be the main destination shown on the departure screens at stations.


All tickets for EIP trains are seat specific, so when you arrive on the peron/platform, check the coach number that you will printed on your ticket.

The peron/platform will be zoned and there will be information on the platform that will show in which zone each coach will be located.

Particularly check in which zone you should wait it on the peron this if you will boarding an EIP train in Warszawa, as most EIP services travel through Warszawa, so the trains arrive at the stations only a few minutes before departure.

Something to be aware of is that EIP trains can’t be boarded until the destination details etc are displayed on the electronic indicators.

At the stations where an EIP train will be commencing its journey - the train may be waiting with doors open, it will be fairly obvious that it is the train you will be taking and you have a reserved seat.
However, the train may still being prepared for service, and if you board too soon, the conductor will politely ask you to leave.

On Board:

Aside from the additional leg room and wider seats, a bonus of travelling 1st class on EIP trains is that a complimentary light meal is served along with free drinks.
The on board service is particularly excellent.

InterRail and Eurail Pass users:

The terms for using a rail pass on EIP trains have changed, a flat fee (the equivalent of €10) is now charged irrespective of whether you have a 1st or 2nd class pass.

However, you only pay the €10 fee if you wait until you are in Poland and book the reservation at a station.

Book the reservation in another country, for example at a Reisezentrum reservation desk in Germany, and you'll have to pay the fee twice!
Once when booking the reservation and then again to the conductor when the ticket is checked on the train.

So it's best to arrange any reservations at a PKP reservation desk at the first station you arrive at in Poland.
Don't leave it until just before boarding, there's a small risk that you will be told that no seats are available on a particular train!

An intro to train travel in Poland

How to buy tickets for Polish train journeys

International train routes to/from Poland

Travelling on European daytime trains

Travelling on European overnight trains

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Bar (Cold Food)
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High Speed
First Class
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